About Software Freedom Day
On the third Saturday of September every year, people all over the world celebrate Software Freedom Day. It's a day when free software developers and users raise awareness in their local community of the benefits that software freedom brings. Some cities have huge events with music, talks, vendors, even cheerleaders, parades, and feasts. This year, we HNLU-CG-GOSSIP from HNLU Raipur are preparing for the celebration of software freedom day (SFD). we plan to spread awareness about FOSS (free Open Source Software), its usage, availability, and security.
Objectives of Software Freedom Day
• to celebrate software freedom and honour the people behind it
• to foster a general understanding of software freedom, and encourage adoption of free software and open standards
• to create more equal access to opportunities through the use of participatory technologies
• to promote constructive dialogue on our rights and responsibilities in the information society
• to create a platform for organizations and individuals that share our vision
• to promote and popularize open source software system, cyber security and cyber Laws through organisation of seminars and conferences.
What is Software Freedom and Why is it Important?
Proprietary software takes control of user's computer away from the user and gives control to others through Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). It takes away one's freedom to use, copy, understand, and improve the programs. Free Software gives those freedoms back. Specifically, free software guarantees users four essential freedoms:
• The freedom to run the program for any purpose
• The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what the user wishes to do (access to the source code is a precondition for this)
• The freedom to distribute copies so that one can help his/her neighbour and friends
• The freedom to redistribute copies of the modified versions of software to others. By doing this, the user can give the whole community a chance to benefit from the changes brought in the software by the users (access to the source code is a precondition for this)
- Inform the public about free software
- Promote free software tools through projects, campaigns, and events
- Provide materials and increase the availability of free software
- Offer local help in getting and using free software
- Bridge connections between free software activists and users
Many of the world’s largest and most reliable platforms are built using free software. Some of the typical applications used by people every day without realizing the fact that they are based on open source technology include Google, Twitter and Facebook.
Focus on Education, Home and Business
HNLU-CG-GOSSIP and the surrounding areas are home to a number of business software consultancies specializing in free and open source software. Experts will be available on the day to offer professional advice and provide live demonstrations of a variety of web, email, educational and office software and games, giving the participants an opportunity to have first-hand experience and clarify their doubts.
The HNLU-CG-GOSSIP Software Freedom Day 2013 event is free of charge to attend and is open to everyone from individuals who want to know how Free and Open Source software can be used at home to large scale organisations - both governmental and non-governmental, educational institutions etc. Local media have also been invited to cover the event.
The event will be organized during 21 - 22nd September 2013 at the Hidayatullah National Law University, Uparwara, Abhanpur, New Raipur, Chhattisgarh-493661.
“HNLU-CG-GOSSIP” AT HNLU Raipur
Contact Person – Dr. Avinash Samal (Co-Ordinator)
Phone - 0771-3057618, 633, 644
Mob. - +919589187764
• Free and Open Source Software (FOSS): Trends and Practices
- Free and Open Source Software: Concept and Practice
- Free and Open Source Software: Usage and Advantages
- Open Source Software vs. Proprietary Software
- Open Source Software: Need for a legal Regime
• Open Source Software and Intellectual Property Rights
- Free and Open source Software as a Subject Matter for IPR
- Open Source Software and Licensing
- Open Source Software and Copy Right
- Open Source Software and Anti-Trust Concerns
• Information Security in a Knowledge Society
- Information Security: The key Concern
- Right to Cyber Information: The Need of Hour
- Social Networking Sites and Security Concerns
- Ethical Hacking and Information Security
• Information Technology Act-2000: The Emerging Concerns
- ICT and Data Protection
- ICT, e-Commerce, e-Governance
- Cyber Crime and Cyber Privacy
- Cyber Investigation and Forensics
- Transnational Cyber Crimes and Information Technology Act-2000